Bill Murray says he looks good in purple but that being Batman is only a short-lived possibility.
Before Tim Burton’s Michael Keaton Leads Batman In theaters in 1989, Warner Bros. invited a number of writers and directors about bringing the Dark Knight to the big screen – a multi-year effort to create various potentials for the hero. Among them was the late Ivan Reitman, who after the end of the 1981 comedy Stripes, considered making star actor and comedian Bill Murray his warrior cap. For his Robin, that role would go to a movie star and Saturday night live alum Eddie Murphy.
Originally teased by Batman (1989) screenwriter Sam Hamm in the DVD documentary Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, Murray gently addressed this story in a 2017 discussion about The Late Show with David Lettermanat the time, “You know, I’ve heard that story too… and God, I’m going to be a great Batman.”
But in a new interview with Yahoo! EntertainMurray goes into more detail as to why that ultimately didn’t happen, noting that negotiations around him taking the Batman cape are in the early stages.
“I talked to Eddie Murphy about it, and Eddie wanted to play Batman,” Murray said when asked if he’d ever talked to Reitman about it. “That’s as far as that conversation took place.”
According to Michael Uslan – who bought the rights to the Batman movie in 1979 and has produced every Batman movie since – discussions around doing this have ‘veered away’ from him. purposefully, he told the shop while laughing. But the producer said Reitman and Murray continued Ghostbusters at the same time, and although Batman The offer was still extended to Reitman, the famous director approved, not wanting to do two big pictures back-to-back.
As for Murray and his discussions with Murphy, the actor stated that while playing Batman is not in the cards, nor is he playing Robin. “I don’t want to be Boy Wonder with anyone,” Murray said. “Probably much earlier when I to be a boy. But it was too late for that in the ’80s. Besides, I couldn’t make costumes. Eddie looks great with purple, and I look good with purple. With red and green, I look like one of Santa’s elves. There is only so much vanity involved in the production process. It won’t happen. “